What a wet and rainy day!
We woke up from our church stay in Harlem and packed up the bus. The drive into Manhattan was brutal with NYC traffic mixed with the rain, and we got off quickly at Trinity Wall Street. We ate a quick 20 minute lunch, then walked into Trinity with smiles in our face.
When the concert began, a couple of people were in the church since it's a tourist spot, but by the end, we had a big crowd along the back clapping and cheering us on, which was really cool!
After that we changed and walked to the 9/11 memorial. After we made it through the security checkpoints and the opening statements, we were let loose for about 30 minutes in the memorial. Some went to the trees, some went to the reflection pools, and some went to investigate the new Tower 1 finally finished as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Almost everything in the memorial is touchable and some people took full advantage of it, while others asked questions. Touching moments came when some witnessed the girl sobbing gently as she drew a heart around her brother's name on the board of those killed in the Pentagon attack.
We walked back to the bus, loaded up, and drove to Seafarers where we changed quickly and left for Broadway via the MTA Subway. The station was packed and there was a lady singing "Shout to the Earth" as she held a cross. For those who had never ridden the MTA before, it was a quick ride the 35 blocks through Times Square and up to 49th where we walked to 50th to eat at Ellen's Stardust, which was next door to Mama Mia!, which ment we could go shopping in Times Square after dinner.
We met back at the Winter Garden Theater got our tickets and clapped and danced along with the actors in Mama Mia!. We made our way into Times Square late at night to see the way the billboards lit up the night, then took the subway back to 14th, where we had to walk 2 blocks to the Seafarers.
Of course as soon as we surfaced on 14th, the sky opened up and we all got drenched. Oh my... What a day in The Big Apple!